The Best of the Best 2003: Coupes - Maserati Coupe

  • Fluto Shinzawa

The Maserati Coupe features Cambiocorsa, a Formula One–style paddle-shifting system that simulates the experience of using the race-tuned mechanisms in Ferrari’s championship machines. So it is only fitting that the $77,875 Coupe prefers high-speed, straight-shot freeways over curvy back roads. Find an opening, downshift with a right-hand paddle pull, step on the gas, and the 390-hp V-8 croons as the Maserati, which peaks at 177 mph, accelerates past traffic and into open space. A left-handed upshift clicks the transmission into sixth gear for smooth and steady cruising.

 

A stout rear end complements the long bonnet, giving the Maserati an appearance of forward motion even when parked, as though it does not want to stay still for long—which the sexy 2+2 never should.

Maserati, www.maserati.com

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